Ex-Marine arrested in AZ returned to TX

Posted at 9:54 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 13:27:11-05

An ex-Marine accused in the New Year's Day fatal shooting of a college student in Texas has been arraigned on a murder charge after being returned from Arizona.

Denton police say 20-year-old Eric Johnson was booked into the Denton County Jail early Thursday, with bond later set at $1 million. Johnson was arrested Jan. 5 in Yuma, Arizona, on a murder warrant.

Police say 20-year-old University of North Texas student Sara Mutschlechner (MUCH'-lehk-nur) was shot in the head after an exchange of words between people in her vehicle and five men in an SUV in Denton. Investigators say Johnson was driving the SUV.

The Marine Corps discharged Cpl. Johnson following his arrest.

Police had no immediate information Thursday on an attorney to speak for Johnson.